SFB Seminar Series 2018
ZEW-SFB Public Finance Conference

4th FHM Development Economics Workshop
Workshop on Probability-Based an Nonprobability Survey Research
Passive Data to supplement survey Data

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SFB Seminar Series 2018

Details about the seminars can be found in our archive here.

Overview of Seminars in 2018

February 5: Marko Klasnja, Georgetown University
February 16: Florian Foos, King's College London
February 19: Zoe Kühn, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
February 22: Nona Bledow, University of Konstanz
February 27: Peter Lugtig, Utrecht University
March 5: Carlo M. Horz, IAST - The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
March 19: Marta Curto-Graum, Universitat de Barcelona
April 12: Wouter Verbeke, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
April 23: Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Texas AM University
May 12: Livia Isabella Schubiger, London School of Economics and Political Science
May 28: Nina Wiesehomeier, School of International Relations in Madrid
August 20: Stephan Schlosser, Universität Göttingen
September 10: Michael Zilis, University of Kentucky

4th FHM Development Economics Workshop

ZEW-SFB Public Finance Conference

The theme of the 2018 conference was fiscal policy coordination in Europe. The keynote lectures of Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (Paris School of Economics) and Martin Hellwig (MPI Bonn) were centered on this topic. However, the conference included many contributions of other fields of public economics and political economy.

The Conference takes place at ZEW in Mannheim, Germany, on 23-24 April, 2018. Click here to have a look at the conference schedule and here to read the report.

Workshop on Probability-Based and Nonprobability Survey Research

This  workshop  brought together  experts  on  probability-based  and  nonprobability  survey  research  to discuss the latest developments and foster international collaborations.
We are happy to announce that the workshop will include a keynote speech by Jon Krosnick
(Stanford University). Furthermore, we are working with the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology on a call for papers to a special issue on the workshop topic. Accepted contributed papers will be presented at the workshop at the University of Mannheim on June 25-26, 2018.

Presentations should  address  methodological  issues related to  probability-based and  nonprobability  survey  data.
For more Information please have a look here.

Passive Data to Supplement Survey Data

28. August 2018, 13:00 Uhr

GESIS, Mannheim, B2,8 (rechts)

Stephanie Eckman


As survey costs increase and response rates decrease, researchers are looking to alternative methods to collect data from study subjects. Passive data are data collected from subjects without posing questions and recording responses. Examples are passive data are: location data collected from smartphones; applications installed on smartphones; activity data from fitness devices such as fitbits. Because they are collected without subject involvement, passive data may offer a way to reduce the burden born by our research subjects while also allowing us to  collect high quality data needed for social science research. However, preliminary research into how to collect and analyze passive data is needed. In this talk, I present three research studies which use passive data to improve the quality and/or reduce the burden of survey data. The talk will focus on what we have learned and what research remains to be done.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephanie Eckman holds a PhD from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology. She has worked from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, Germany and at the Sociology Department at the University of Mannheim. She is currently a Fellow at RTI International in Washington DC. Her research interests include motivated misreporting, sampling methods in low resource settings, and the use of passive data.

By the way:
GESIS'  lecture series are open to the public and interested parties and comprise of a thirty-minute talk by the guest followed by discussion and questions. Also People from outside Mannheim are invited to watch the talk via Adobe Connect.

For more information please click here.